We took advantage of a last minute ability to get a campsite in a National Park this summer
and zipped into Marble Canyon, in Kootenay National Park.

First some photos around home


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I took the boys to a park to try T-ball. Here's Walter trying to unload on the ball.


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And here he is wearing my glove (but his bike helmet).


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And trying to get ready to catch a ball.

Short video of Henry pumping up Walter's ear with the bike pump


National Parks touring


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Enroute to Kootenay, we stopped for a pee stop at Cascade Ponds in Banff. Here the boys are
looking cute and hanging by the pond.


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Wandering along Cascade Ponds.


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After arriving to our campsite and getting set up, we had hot dogs and then decided to go for
a hike to Marble Canyon across the highway. While Henry told us it was 'the scariest thing he's
ever done in his whole life' to cross the highway, he was pretty excited to check out the canyon.
Here's Natalia with some steep vertical limestone walls below her.


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The boys 'kind of' holding hands wandering around the canyon.


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I don't totally know what Henry was saying here, but he may have been launching into a soliloquy.


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Given the option, Walter will reach out and squeeze Henry for a hug just about all the time.


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Walter along with the Marble Canyon waterfalls. He thought they were pretty cool, although loud.


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I think it's neat this waterfalls has moved a km or two in the last 10,000 years.


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I swear this squirrel was smirking at us.


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The boys in the dorky National Parks chairs.


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Our family at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park.


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Chilling at our campsite, Walter decided he needed a footstool and Henry just made himself
comfortable in Natalia's chair.


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So it rained that night. A lot. It made lots of puddles, which makes our boys happy. We woke
up dry though, which makes me happy.

Video of the boys zipping through puddles on their bikes



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We took the boys down the road a bit to Paint Pots (a start for the Rockwall Pass trail), and they
were pretty jacked by the colours of the ponds.


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Some older plaques calling out the history of ochre mining in this area. Apparently mining is
incompatible with National Parks. Who'd have thought?


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An old pump from the mining period.


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The boys playing in the ochre creek.


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I find it funny that Henry has started posing in more ridiculous ways for photos. Here we are at the
Paint Pots proper which Walter thought one of them looked like a volcano.


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Walking around on one of the coloured sand areas.

Walter watching the results of his volcano



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After I caught Walter before he fell into the paint pots about a hundred times, he finally got free and
managed to dump his torso into a creek. So, to let him dry off (it wasn't warm that day), we took a
drive to Radium. Here the boys were elated to find a mini golf course and an ice cream. Here's
Henry first with the bighorn sheep at Leo Burrito.


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And Walter too trying to get up to the sheep.


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This was honestly one of the boys' highlights of the trip. So silly, but they have a blast doing it.


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Even if Walter's putter is backwards and what he really loves is dropping his ball into any hole that
has a pipe attached to it and then doing laps of that.


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I was very pleased to see that the Columbia Valley at least still likes Alberta tourists.


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Ice cream in Radium. The main intersection of 95/93 is being ripped up so it's a bit of an ordeal
walking around town right now, but the ice cream was worth it at Screamers.


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Playing with the mud kitchen at the Vermillion Crossing Lodge playground.


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They even have a sink!

Henry pushing Walter on the swings



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After finishing supper and realizing it was barely 6pm, we had to take the boys to do something.
So, we walked down to the headwaters of the Vermillion River and threw rocks into it.


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Henry decided he'd look cool wearing my hat, so he did. He actually fills out the hat better than I
do so his head volume is larger, but head circumference smaller. Figure that one out.


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And Walter just wants to do what Henry does.


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After packing up the wet tents and shelter, we decided to hit up Lake Louise since we were already
so far. It wasn't the best weather for a stroll around the lake, but the boys hadn't been before so
we played tourists. Interestingly, due to COVID (and the weather), we actually got a parking spot at
the main parking lot at 1pm on a Saturday in August. I'm not sure what Henry is doing here.


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Henry and Natalia wandering down the path. The wind picked up here and it actually got pretty
miserable pretty fast. We elected not to hike to Lake Agnes teahouse and to instead just make our
way back to the car.


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After taking a family selfie at Lake Louise.


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Our last stop on the trip was at Lake Minnewanka. We walked up to the Stewart Canyon bridge to have
a look around. After initially being really sour since we wouldn't pay the $140 for a boat ride, Walter
pepped up and thought this was a cool area. I said "Walter you're a good hiker". He said, "Daddy, I'm
a tired hiker." Yeah, I guess for a 3 year old he did really well.


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This is what Walter does when you ask for 'Thumbs Up'.


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Henry looking back towards Lake Minnewanka.


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Henry and Walter playing with the metal cable heading into the lake.

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